Providing Education and Consulting Services to Enhance Career and Life

In partnership with the Center for Nonviolent Communication

Speaking and Listening from the Heart: An Introduction to Nonviolent-Compassionate Communication

Friday, September 14 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm & Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Builders and Remodelers Association - 179 Little Lake Dr., Ann Arbor, MI  48103

6.0 CE Clock Hours for Social Work (MICEC)

Course fee: $140 + $25 fee for CE Clock Hours (there are discounts available when multiple participants register together)

Presenters: Lisa Gottlieb, MSW, SSW, François Beausoleil, MBA, Irene Bowers, BA

For more information or to register, contact Lisa Gottlieb at 734-417-1144 or

Join us to discover life-changing skills that can dramatically improve the quality of your personal and professional relationships by increasing harmony, shared understanding and creative problem solving.  Nonviolent-Compassionate Communication (NVC) shows us how to exchange information needed to prevent violence, increase mutual understanding, and discover win/win strategies that contribute to lasting peace among individuals, organizations and nations.  This 1.5 day training is an opportunity to learn some tools and mindsets that you can apply right away, in a community of like-minded learners and supported by more advanced practitioners. The training will offer a sample of each of the four main components of the 11-month program that begins in early November 2018: Being Peace, Speaking Peace, Living Peace and Sharing Peace.

In partnership with the Jewish Community Center Opening the Doors Program, Anita Naftaly Family Circle Conference

Social Thinking, Social Learning And Becoming a Social Detective

Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm

1.5 CE Clock Hours for Social Work (MICEC)

Course fee: $20 pre-registration; $25 at door + an additional $10 fee for CE Clock Hours

Presenter: Michelle Garcia Winner, Founder & CEO Social Thinking, M.A., CCC-SLP

For more information or to register, please contact Shoshana Baruch at 248-432-5543 or

Teaching children, adolescents and adults with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, learning challenges or those with higher language and academic abilities, how to think critical, improve ones’ social learning, and adapt social responses will be explored. Using the Social Competency Model, four key elements will be highlighted for improving each persons’ ability to: attend, interpret, problem solve and respond. As social awareness grows, self-regulation will improve. Social Thinking Vocabulary and multiple strategies will be taught to encourage younger children to become Social Detectives and adolescents to become Social Spies.

In partnership with Adoption Associates

Understanding the Responsibility of Parenting Transracially

Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 9:00 am – 1:10 pm

Evergreen Ministries - 4512 48th Ave, Hudsonville, MI  49426

4.0 CE Clock Hours for Social Work (MICEC)

Course fee: $20 general registration + $20 per person fee for CE Clock Hours

Presenter: Angela Tucker, Director of Post-Adoption Services, Founder of the Adopted Life

For more information or to register, contact Alivia Gerrits at 616-667-0677 or

Adopting transracially requires adoptive parents to give attention to and have ongoing discussions about race and culture. A prerequisite to these activities is a willingness to reflect on one’s own privilege, to understand and identify examples of colorism, to have knowledge about how stereotypes inform implicit bias, and to deal with how those biases impact familial and societal interactions. The presenter will share her perspective in an effort to help participants gain a deeper understanding of the responsibility of parenting transracially, increase their awareness about the difference between intent and impact, and develop strategies for identifying and curbing micro-aggressions.  

In partnership with Linda Yellin, LMSW and Feet On The Street Tours

Come Hungry, Leave Happy, Learn Healthier Eastern Market Walking Tours

Saturdays, September 29, October 6, October 13, November 17, 2018 and Tuesday, September 11, 2018

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

2.5 CE Clock Hours for Social Work (MICEC)

Course fee: $29.00

9:15 am - meet inside Rocky's to check-in; 2489 Russell Street, Detroit, 48207 (across from Shed 2)

Presenter: Linda Yellin, LMSW

For more information or to register, contact Feet On The Street Tours at 313-393-2055 or visit

Participants will increase their awareness of the market district and efforts for expansion of the buy local food processing/distribution efforts, as well as the master plan for bike paths and trails to connect the waterfront with midtown and Eastern Market.  The tour will introduce participants to, and help expand their knowledge of, vendors, their products, and unique foods.  Participants will explore the "immigrant experience" of some vendors and shop keepers and how that impacts Detroit and the region.  The tour will increase participants' sensitivity of cultural and ethnic diversity and help to expand knowledge of community gardens and products to increase health.

In Partnership with Oakland Mediation Center

There are CE fees in addition to general registration fees

Location: Oakland Mediation Center - 550 Hulet Drive, Suite 102, Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302

To learn more about, or register for, OMC trainings, visit or contact Lindsay Gabbard at 248-338-4280 x214 or

How Mediation Training Benefits Social Workers

The communication, facilitation and negotiation skills of a mediator are valuable and transferable to Social Workers.  Oakland Mediation Center asked past Social Work training attendees to share how they have used mediation training in their practice and this is what they shared:


Katherine Morgan a practicing Social Worker...As a Social Worker practicing in the field I use mediation skills daily to assist with program development, task delegation, employee retention efforts and positive conflict resolution to de-escalate concerns.  Mediation skills allow me the ability to better organize conversations with community members in order to create impactful outcomes and models of program delivery.


Susan Konop a retired Social Worker...The training reinforces good listening skills, maintaining neutrality and ways to re-frame situations to help the clients come to a resolution.  The training also increased self-awareness and helped with values clarification.  I think the training includes many skills used and needed for Social Workers and takes them into a new arena and offers depth and enhancement to skills they have.  Another plus is the incredible teacher and teaching techniques and excellent materials used to communicate and teach the skills.  It was definitely a 5 star experience! 


Conflict Management in Special Education

October 9; December 7, 2018 from 1:00pm-5:00pm

Oakland Mediation Center - 550 Hulet Drive, Suite 102, Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302

4.0 CE Clock Hours for Social Work (MICEC)

Course fee: $0 + $15 CE fee

Presenter: Megan Dennis

When planning for children with special needs, it is crucial that IEP Team meetings go well. This highly interactive workshop is designed to impart skills that help the IEP Team effectively manage conflict prior to, during and after the IEP meetings.


Basic Conflict Resolution Workshop

September 21; October 23; November 1, 2018 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Oakland Mediation Center - 550 Hulet Drive, Suite 102, Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302

6.5 CE Clock Hours for Social Work (MICEC)

Course fee: $149 + $25 CE fee

Presenters: Charity Burke, Megan Dennis

This highly interactive one-day training is specifically designed to equip individuals with the necessary skills to communicate and manage conflict effectively. This training is ideal for any adult in the school, business or community sector looking to enhance their communication and conflict management skills.


General Civil Mediator Training

Tuesdays, November 6, 13, 20, 27 & December 4, 2018 from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Oakland Mediation Center - 550 Hulet Drive, Suite 102, Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302

36.0 CE Clock Hours for Social Work (MICEC)

Course fee: $1,095 early bird fee, $1,195 non-early-bird fee + $115 CE fee

Presenters: Charity Burke, Megan Dennis

This 5-day, highly interactive training is designed to teach participants the skills necessary to act as mediators in facilitating the resolution of divorce and custody issues. This training is the first step for any individual who wishes to learn the skills of a mediator, mediate privately or qualify for the circuit court roster approved list of mediators. The State Court Administrative Office (SCAO), Michigan Supreme Court, approved General Civil Mediation Training Participants will receive a detailed mediation manual, jump-drive containing reproducible mediation forms, certificate of attendance, as well as breakfast, lunch and refreshments.